I think that ATP should consider some rethinks after this but I doubt if they will. I am disappointed but hey if he plays well then eventually he will get to a ranking he deserves!
One last question.
There are many top 30 players without 4 500 events. Surely they should lose a result as a penalty too?
That's it. Shall watch James Ward now as it needs my attention.
It's the same for everybody - Andy's not a special case. A couple of years ago Nadal argued for a 2 year cycle, so points would be kept for two years - but didn't get much support for that. He slipped down the rankings when he was out with injury.
Looking at the top players, I think most have 4 x 500 if you remember to include MC
Nadal has MC and 3x 500, so can count his best 6 results (+ WTF, Slams, 8x Masters 1000)
Djoko has MC, 2 x 500 and one 0 penalty, but only has one other result to count (DC)
Stan has MC and 3x 500 so can count his best 6 (which doesn't include any of the 500s!) Same for Tsonga.
Delpo has MC and 5x500s! His MC points are in his non-countables as MC is not a mandatory 1,000, so can be replaced.
It does all make sense to me now, though it's taken a while!
Good news though that Queens will be counted in the 500 category this year although still only a 250 until next year.